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Comment Re:There is just one little problem. (Score 1) 145

The difference between the two is that Netflix has a dedicated userbase, who are willing to jump through hoops to get their service; it's the only reason I've installed Silverlight, for example. Youtube, on the other handbasically everyone has watched a Youtube video at one point or another, even if they didn't visit the Youtube site, thanks to embedded videos and such. If I'm a typical user, and Netflix stops working on Firefox, I'm probably going to blame Netflix. If embedded videos stop working in Firefox, I'm much more likely to blame Firefox.

Just a theory, anyway.

Comment Boys need the training (Score 1) 490

I think we've got girls caught up pretty well; it's time to teach boys how to work with girls as equals. We can start by teaching them that being called a girl isn't a vile insult. Help them break free of their gender stereotypes just as feminism has helped women break free of theirs.

Comment Re:Technology evolves. Move on. (Score 1) 313

I have a flip phone* with T-Mobile, no data plan, and I spend maybe $50/YEAR. Because I hardly ever call anyone on it, and I don't text. I have an iPod Touch which I use on WiFi.

Also, my flip phone is tiny, and I can drop it without worrying about the screen cracking.

*Mind you, I'm not a big fan of my current phone, which I got for cheap at Toys-R-Us, and I'm reading this topic with interest. My original flip phone was from Samsung and it lasted forever.

Comment Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622

And that's the problem: one buys an SUV or minivan for the few times a year they need one (or "just in case"), and then drive it around town the rest of the year when it's overkill. Maybe renting a minivan for vacation is the answer (though rentals can make people uncomfortable), or maybe there's some other solution we haven't figured out yet. (A Smart car that transforms into a minivan. Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch! :)

Comment Re: Maybe it's time these companies learn... (Score 5, Insightful) 124

And if Walmart has the lowest prices in town (or maybe the ONLY prices in a small town), and if you're on a tight budget, you might not have a choice in where you shop, love it or hate it. It's like saying, "Wow, everyone must love the DMV, there's always a long line whenever I go!" :) Or as another example, I lived in Chicago for 5 years and I took public transportation everywhere, and I HATED it, but I hated the thought of driving in Chicago even more.

Comment Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255

Potentially, yes. But open source may be running into the Bystander Effect (
"The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon that refers to cases in which individuals do not offer any means of help to a victim when other people are present. The probability of help is inversely related to the number of bystanders."

"Given the choice between accomplishing something and just lying around, I'd rather lie around. No contest." -- Eric Clapton